If you need to apply for a Russian Visa, we can help you!
For US citizens a visa is required. A U.S. citizen who does not comply with Russian immigration laws can be subject to arrest, fines, and/or deportation. Russian authorities will not allow U.S. citizens to depart the country if their visa has expired. Travelers must wait until a new visa is approved, which may take up to 20 days. Please verify the expiration date of your Russian visa, and leave Russia before your visa expires!
ItsEasy maintains the visa requirements to all countries, including Russia. Use
the widget above to see your particular requirements for visiting Russia based upon
your citizenship and state of residence in the USA.
Sample Requirements For Russia
Below is a sample set of requirements for visiting Russia using a Tourist Visa Visa. These requirements
are only a SAMPLE. To get the EXACT requirements for you to visit Russia, please go to our TripBuilder page
and enter in your specific information that is your exact situation.
Russia: Visa Options, Including New "Casual Business" (AIM Tourist) Visa
A helpful video describing the different visa options for Russia, including the new "Casual Business" (AIM Tourist) visa that can be obtained more quickly than the traditional Business Visa to Russia.
1.1 Tourist Voucher
Every Russia visa requires an official invitation from Russia. The following are the basic types of invitations the Embassy/Consulate will accept.
1) Tourist Voucher – Vouchers are usually provided by hotels or tour groups. These can be used to obtain single, double, or multiple entry visas. They are also valid for AIM Tourism visas (single entry only) which can be used to cover casual business travel*.
2) Three Year, Multiple Entry Business Invite – This invitation is presented in a letter style from the inviting company in Russia, and is valid ONLY for obtaining three year, multiple-entry business visas.**
3) Telex – A Telex is an electronic invitation and can be used to apply for single, double, or multiple-entry visas for both tourism and business. Telexes are addressed to specific government missions (Embassy or Consulates). If using a Telex, ItsEasy requires that you provide the Telex confirmation details with your application documents. Failure to do so may result in a delay in visa processing.
4) Original Business Invitation – This form of invitation is an official certificate, and is issued by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other government ministries. These are not used frequently, and the original certificate must be provided with the application. No copies accepted.
If you need help in arranging Russian visa support, ItsEasy can help acquire the invitation for you from our Russian visa support affiliate. To order your Russian visa invitation now, please click the below link
*Casual business travel includes business meetings only.
**Rules vary for non-US citizens. Call for details.
Applicant must submit their current, signed passport. Visas are stamped into a passport, therefore the original passport is required.
Note: In order to obtain Russia visas, passport must have two (2) blank facing visa pages (typically the last few pages of the passport are marked "Amendment" and are not valid for visas) and must be valid for at least six months past the date of entry into Russia.
1.3 Photo Requirement
Applicant must submit two (2) identical, color, passport style photographs. The photos must be recent and generally should not be the same used for the passport itself.
1.4 Applicants Under 18yrs
Although applicant may be submitting documents along with other family members, when submitted to an embassy or consulate, applications are treated individually. If applicant is under 18 years old, please view the following link.
1.5 Applicants 21 and Under
Applicants aged 21 and under must provide a copy of their parents' passports.
1.6 Former USSR or Russian Nationals
If applicant was born in USSR or Russia, applicant MUST submit one or more of the following documents:
• Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for “permanent residence abroad”, dated prior to February 6, 1992;
• Or a copy of a “Visa to Israel” issued prior to February 6, 1992;
• Or a copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996;
• Or a document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship;
• Or a copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992;
• Or a written statement of explanation, in the case that you have no documentation.
In accordance with Russian law, visas cannot be issued to Russian citizens with expired passports. In accordance to Article 12 of Russian Law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens, automatically gain Russian citizenship, regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued, and they must apply for Russian citizenship, or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents, or obtain a Russian passport. If applying for a minor, please provide a copy of their Birth Certificate, in which it is evident that at least of the parents is not a citizen of the Russian Federation.
If applying for a minor, please provide a copy of their Birth Certificate, in which it is evident that at least of the parents is not a citizen of the Russian Federation.
The embassy may request additional documents and a personal interview at their discretion.
1.7 Notice Regarding Previous Valid Visa
If you have a currently valid Russia visa in an expired or cancelled passport, the Embassy of Russia requires that you provide proof that the passport it is in has been officially cancelled. You must provide a copy of both the visa, and the front cover of the passport showing holes punched by the US State Dept which signifies the passport has been officially cancelled.
Failure to provide the required copies may create delays in processing a new visa to Russia.
1.8 COVID-19 Testing Form
Foreign travelers must complete the linked form (PDF, 210Kb), print, and present to customs upon arrival in Russia.
1.9 Visa Application Guide
The visa application must be completed using an online wizard provided by the Russian government. This policy was implemented and mandatory as of July 1, 2011. Once completed, print and sign application.
We provide an Application Guide below. It is very important that the instructions are followed. Failure to follow the instructions exactly may result in rejection of application. It is recommend applicant print guide to use while completing application.
1.10 Visa Application
After reviewing the Application Guide above, click below to complete the visa application. **IMPORTANT**Please note: Applicants MUST provide their application password with their application. Applications submitted without the security password described in the Application Guide can not be processed.
NOTE: Questions 14, 26, and 27 of the Russia visa application MUST be completed in full. If any of these questions are left blank or not answered completely it will create delays in processing your visa.
Note: Applicants applying for multiple entry visas must submit two original, signed applications. All others submit only one.
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*Processing times are quoted in business days. Urgent services are processed as fast as Embassy/consulate will process, other services are slower. Contact us for details.
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Founded in 1976, ItsEasy Passport & Visa Services is a US Government
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Document Pre-Check Service
During the order process you may be offered Document
Pre-Check service. While not required, this option provides you the
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documents through ItsEasy's secure portal for review prior to
submitting. Having documents reviewed in advance can greatly reduce
delays and additional shipping charges. Serviced within 4 business
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ItsEasy Passport & Visa is Registered with the U.S. State Department to be obtain Passports & Visas for customers located in the United States of America.
ItsEasy is not a government agency. We work with the U.S. State Department and Foreign Government Embassies and Consulates to obtain Passports &
Travel Visas on your behalf, saving you the time and effort (and being physically close to a consulate or embassy) to
obtain these travel documents yourself. We also provide advisement and professional review of your travel document applications to assure
the fastest possible processing.
When you have questions about Passports & Travel Visas - Ask ItsEasy!!
ItsEasy Passport & Visa Services was founded in 1976 in New York City;
since then, ItsEasy has processed over 2 million passport and visa applications for customers residing in the USA
ItsEasy specializes in securing expedited US passports and business and tourist visas for
US citizens or non-US citizens legally residing in the USA.
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(Additional premium Concierge Service fees apply above our regular service fees)
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We also offer Economical Passport Renewal Processing, similar to the Post Office Passport Services, but we pre-review your applications to make sure they are correct, work with you to correct any mistakes, and we obtain your photo via our ItsEasy Passport Photo App, which saves you an extra trip to a pharmacy store to get your photo (which may not be good enough!)
ItsEasy Passport & Visa is a Registered Agent with the U.S.
State Department. That means that we can interface with the U.S.
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applications on your behalf. If there is a problem
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Can you get an Expedited Passport on your own without a company like ItsEasy ? Post Offices do not do true Expedited Passports. Their "expedited" mail-in service is actually 2-4 weeks - and if there's a problem with your application, you can expect the delays to be considerable to resolve. If you have a trip coming up, this is definitely not the way to go! There are U.S. Government Passport Agencies located around the country. Perhaps you live near one (and perhaps you don't!). You can try to make an appointment at one of these Passport Agencies to get an expedited passport yourself - but without using ItsEasy, you face the same problem - has someone reviewed your application to make sure it is correct and ready for submission? As a Registered Agent, ItsEasy has direct access to the Passport Agencies to get your expedited passport without appointments and ... we almost forgot ... having to go yourself and wait in line!
For obtaining travel visas, ItsEasy has offices in New York and Washington, DC, key cities to obtain travel visas for just about every country you may plan to travel to. Similar to our Passport services, we review your Visa Applications to make sure they are correct before submissions (incorrect applications can cause significant delays in obtaining a visa), and we deliver your applications to the Embassies or Consulates to obtain the visas on your behalf, as your agent. We wait in line so you don't have to!